The analysis of responses to the Surrey Cycling Strategy consultation is now available on this page. The analysis and report of responses submitted by individuals was carried out by a company called Dialogue By Design. The analysis and report of responses submitted by organisations was carried out by Surrey County Council using a methodology mirroring that used by Dialogue By Design.
Our response to the comments raised during consultation, and the revised version of the strategy, will be published shortly on this page.
Following the success of the 2012 Olympic Games, Surrey has been on the map as a destination for cycling. Every weekend hundreds of people head to the Surrey Hills to cycle through our beautiful countryside. We welcome this element of the Olympic legacy but a true Olympic legacy would see every child in Surrey learning to ride a bike, and being able to cycle safely to school. It would mean that many more of our residents cycle for transport and leisure, reducing congestion and reliance on cars and reaping the considerable health and economic benefits this brings. And it would mean that people without access to a car can travel safely and affordably around the county.
The Surrey Cycling Strategy represents our proposed approach to realising that ambition for the period to 2026. The strategy is based on two principles: partnership and localism. This strategy will only achieve real change if all of the relevant organisations work together, pooling resources and expertise to achieve shared goals. We recognise that a one size fits all approach will not work: the cycling issues in rural Surrey are not the same as at the urban fringe. For that reason, we are proposing the development of local plans for each of the Surrey boroughs and districts, to ensure that solutions are tailored to local needs.
We have also developed an approach to co-ordinating and approving events on the highway, recognising the significant increase in events coming into the county in the last few years. The framework is included as Annex 4 of the strategy.
Money is scarce and there are significant challenges to overcome to make Surrey a safe cycling county. But this strategy will give us the basis we need to bid for funding and work together to tackle the challenges.
The Surrey Cycling Strategy Consultation closed on the 1 November. The final strategy will be published early in the new year.